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I have not heard from any of the programs (Physics PhD) I applied to yet. My thoughts on the effect of a brief email to the graduate coordinator are:

Pros — The admission committee at the graduate program will have the knowledge that another committee (for a prestigious scholarship) has reviewed my project/profile/etc and found me of a high caliber.

Cons — The admission committee may be annoyed by my contact, viewing me as trying to score some "brownie points." It is only semi-finalist, I still have to be selected in the final round.

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I doubt that it would have much effect, actually. If you have been, as you say, found to be of a high calibre in one committee, it is likely that you are so viewed elsewhere as well. So I don't think either the pros or the cons carry much weight.

Of course, if there was one program that you were especially interested in and would decline a Fulbright to accept it, then it might be worth trying to "goose" the committee. Otherwise, just congratulate yourself and celebrate with an appropriate beverage.

  • Interesting! Thank you for the thoughts. Oh no, the Fulbright would mean the world to me — I made sure to reach out to each program regarding their deferred attendance policy, as I will hear from the final round of Fulbright after being accepted (hopefully) somewhere. – Lopey Tall Jan 27 at 14:27

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